Worship in the Episcopal Church is similar to that which you would find in other churches, both Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant. In fact, the Episcopal Church, an offspring of the Church of England, is known as the Via Media or Middle Way because it contains elements that are familiar to both Catholics and Protestants. Worship is ritualized but also somewhat relaxed. We are an open and affirming parish -- and all God's beloved are invited to partake and participate.
Those of all ages have roles in worship - our youth are involved in the service as acolytes (assisting the priest and deacon at the altar), torchbearers, crucifers (carrying the processional cross). Our youth also bring to the altar weekly special offerings of canned and dry goods that then go to the Foxboro Food Pantry.
Adults participate as lay eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, singers and musicians. Members of the Altar Guild prepare and decorate the sanctuary. All parishioners gather to worship God.
The 8:00 liturgy is a spoken service, generally with no music, which lasts about 40 minutes and meets in the church.
The 9:30 liturgy is the service most families with children attend. It is casual and joyful, with music and participation from all ages. This service lasts slightly longer than an hour and is followed by coffee and conversation in the Undercroft.
In addition to Sunday services, there is a 5:00 "Come As You Are" Mass. The service is as it claims, welcoming worshipers to a contemporary worship experience.
We hope to see you! Please let us know if you have any questions about life together at St. Mark's!